Plan for Child Safety

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It’s smart to think about child safety when you select design elements for your home.

Virtually all Hunter Douglas products provide standard or optional safety features, though some offer more than others. Here, we provide a preview of some of those innovative features.

Our innovative safety features include:
• PowerRise® is a battery-operated remote control system that allows you to raise or lower shades at the touch of a button, thus eliminating the need for cords.
• LiteRise® touch system allows you to raise or lower blinds with a single touch.
• PermAssure® safety wand eliminates looped pull cords completely, replacing them with a wand that remains safely out of a toddler’s reach.
• UltraGlide® is equipped with a single, retractable cord that remains at the same length whether the shade is raised or lowered. This system makes cords less available to young children.
• Break-Thru® safety tassel is designed to break open under pressure should a child or pet become entangled in the cord loop. This is a standard feature on all Hunter Douglas horizontal blinds.
• Cord Tensioner, a specially designed cord weight with spring tension and brackets, improves the safety of cord-looped products.

October is child safety month, so it’s a good time to focus on this important topic – especially when it comes to selecting design elements for your home. Most people don’t think of safety as part of their interior design decision making, but it is a smart part of the process.

It’s not difficult to plan your home around safety; it’s just that you need to think ahead and keep safety top of mind when you make your choices.

Design elements to consider to maximize child safety in your home environment include:
• Lighting that’s shatter-resistant to toys that get thrown around
• Gates at tops or bottoms of stairways
• Fireplaces that are not easily accessible
• Electrical outlets that are child-proof
• Window fashions without dangling cords – think cordless or motorized
• Rounded edges on cabinets, counter tops and coffee tables

Think ahead when you make design choices to ensure beauty and child safety.

Interior design and safety are not mutually exclusive goals.
Of course, safety is about more that just children. Depending on your stage in life – or the stage of your loved ones – you might want to think about safety features for older people too!

To protect the seniors in your life, consider these factors when you select design elements for your home:

– Well-placed, secure railings on stairways
– Skid-proof flooring
– Rugs with secure padding underneath to prevent slippage
– Minimal clutter so pathways are left clear to walk safely

Design and safety are not mutually exclusive goals. Think ahead when you select beautiful design elements for your home; and you can be assured that your home is a safer environment for children, older adults – and even pets!